Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 16-06-2015, 18:01   #1
Senior Cruiser
 
SilentOption's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: East Coast of America and Keys
Boat: Beneteau 473
Posts: 415
Atlantic Tower Arches

I want to hear from someone who has purchased an arch from Atlantic Towers. PM me if you prefer. I am considering going that route but not until I discuss it with someone who has used one of thier arches offshore.
Thanks
__________________

__________________
SilentOption is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-06-2015, 20:10   #2
Registered User
 
ShaktisBoy's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: West Palm Beach Florida
Boat: 07 Leopard 40 / 93 Hunter 30T
Posts: 344
Re: Atlantic Tower Arches

We have two boats, a leopard 40 catamaran and a Hunter 30. Both boats have atlantic arches on them. They are great for installing wind generators and solar panels and are plenty strong for that task offshore. That said it is my opinion they are not suitable for hanging a heavy dinghy on however they do just fine with our light weight portaboats each of which weighs less that 150 pounds with the engines on. That said we still put the outboards on the rails for any serious offshore work or if there are any significant seas running. One more thing depending on how high you leave the arch you may need to stabilize it from side to side to keep it from swaying if its heavily loaded and the boat is being tossed around. This is due to the arch being built in 3 sections with the center span adjustable to whatever width you need and through bolted to the outer sections.

I hope this helps.

.Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByCruisers Sailing Forum1434506278.211649.jpg
Views:	186
Size:	89.7 KB
ID:	103852Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByCruisers Sailing Forum1434506564.000998.jpg
Views:	164
Size:	148.8 KB
ID:	103853Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByCruisers Sailing Forum1434506584.562416.jpg
Views:	185
Size:	155.2 KB
ID:	103854


Sent from my iPad using Cruisers Sailing Forum
__________________

__________________
ShaktisBoy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 16-06-2015, 20:16   #3
Senior Cruiser
 
SilentOption's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: East Coast of America and Keys
Boat: Beneteau 473
Posts: 415
Re: Atlantic Tower Arches

Yes That is exactly the kind of information I was hoping to hear. Thank you very much.
__________________
SilentOption is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-06-2015, 20:43   #4
Registered User
 
irwin37's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Gettysburg Pa
Boat: 1981 Irwin 37
Posts: 193
Re: Atlantic Tower Arches

Yup just put mine up, there was and error and I received the wrong center section, who,,s error, they say it was mine, I say maybe because the part numbers are misleading. That aside they were willing to work with me to my satisfaction and we got it sorted out. I am able to hang off it with little sway but have not taken it out in heavy weather yet. I bought the dingy davits to mount on it but have not put them on yet. It is definitely a two + man operation and make sure you pre load when drilling the center through bolts, you will see how in the instructions
__________________
irwin37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-06-2015, 02:28   #5
Senior Cruiser
 
SilentOption's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: East Coast of America and Keys
Boat: Beneteau 473
Posts: 415
Re: Atlantic Tower Arches

Thanks Irwin 37
__________________
SilentOption is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-07-2015, 14:56   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Maryland
Boat: Cape Dory 33
Posts: 24
Re: Atlantic Tower Arches

I just mounted my AT arch on my Cape Dory 33. No equipment on it yet and I will be on the Chesapeake for several years before I can retire. It seems plenty strong, but I don't plan on hanging a dinghy. There is some racking sideways if you pull on it. I may put some angle brackets to steady that. It is probably fine, and I did pre load before I mounted it. I would like to hear from others if theirs racks a bit as well.


Sent from my iPhone using Cruisers Sailing Forum
__________________
vfsurgpa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-07-2015, 15:32   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Orlando, FL
Boat: PDQ 32 DogHouse
Posts: 600
Re: Atlantic Tower Arches

Yes mine does. Will probably ask AT for advice re bracing. If you come up with something please post it.


Sent from my iPhone using Cruisers Sailing Forum
__________________
amytom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-07-2015, 14:19   #8
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Maryland
Boat: Cape Dory 33
Posts: 24
Re: Atlantic Tower Arches

Off topic a bit, but I am also installing vertical grab bars below using the same fittings from Atlantic Towers. 2 short 4 foot ones at the nav station and galley half bulkheads, from bulkhead to overhead. And 2 verticals from cabin sole to overhead with a waist high horizontal oak 2x6 to mount my settee table. Those will limit athwart ship travel when the boat is healing and bouncing around. I got one installed so far and pretty happy with it. Seems plenty strong with 4 machine screws threaded thru the liner into the inner glass of the deck.


Sent from my iPhone using Cruisers Sailing Forum
__________________
vfsurgpa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2015, 18:25   #9
Registered User
 
montenido's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Lying La Paz, BCS
Boat: 1979 Marshall Californian 42 LRC
Posts: 339
Images: 4
Re: Atlantic Tower Arches

I have been very happy with my Atlantic arch. I installed it a couple of years ago and it has been to Baja and back, over 3000 miles total. However, it just failed today, falling off the back of my boat. I believe that the arch is plenty strong, but the 1/4" mounting bolts are too small, and sheared off on one of the legs, causing the whole thing to fall.

I am not slamming Atlantic towers, as I said, the tower is plenty strong. I would go up in size on the fasteners that secure the pads to the hull. Check my thread about it.

Cheers, Bill
__________________

__________________
M/V Ansedonia
'91 Californian 52 CPMY
Channel Islands, CA
montenido is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
arc

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Atlantic Towers Arches Holding Up Okay? Canibul Multihull Sailboats 1 06-12-2014 15:51
Homebrew Arches and Posts? SaltyMonkey General Sailing Forum 3 23-07-2010 16:57
Atkins & Hoyle Ltd. Arches, Hardtops, Hard Dodgers Benjamaphone Commercial Posts 4 28-10-2009 14:22
deck arches limmer Construction, Maintenance & Refit 3 26-08-2008 16:32
arches? soul searcher Construction, Maintenance & Refit 9 03-03-2006 19:39



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 13:04.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.